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to run the pentagon. former republican senator and decorated vietnam combat veteran, chuck hagel, already under fire before today. he got a rough treatment at today's hearing. kelly o'donnell is on the hill tonight with details. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. tough questions were expected, but the real surprise today came in how chuck hagel handled the all-day scrutiny. at times appearing unprepared or off his game. and that's after hagel had dozens of personal meetings with senators, trying to win their support to become the next secretary of defense. >> right up the stairs, sir. >> reporter: chuck hagel would break new ground as the first enlisted man, first vietnam veteran, to run the pentagon. and first cabinet nominee to get the super pac treatment. tv ads against his confirmation. >> chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> reporter: but it was hagel's former colleagues and even friends who waged a coordinated attack today on hagel's judgment. john mccain seized on hagel's vocal opposition to the surge of troops in iraq in 2007. >> the question, senator ha
this is chuck hagel, the former republican senator from nebraska. look at some of his answers. >> i should have used another term, and i'm sorry. i would like to go back and change the words and the meaning. the bigger point is, what i was saying, i think -- what i meant to say, should have said, is recognizable. it's been recognized, is recognized. well, i said it. and i don't remember the context or when i said it. well, i said what i said. i said many, many things over many years. that's what i should have said. and thank you. >> secretary panetta, many of those answers did not satisfy a lot of republicans. senator roy blunt is going to vote no. he said his answers were too inconsistent particularly related to iran and israel. marco rubio said i've been deeply concerned about his plef previous comments. john barrasso, he appeared weak and wobbly. are you concerned? >> well, everyone you quoted is a republican, and it's pretty obvious that the political knives were out for chuck hagel. >> and you think that was totally personal, partisan? >> well, what disappointed me is they talked a lot abo
we have 68,000 young men and women serving there. >> are you confident of chuck hagel? have you spent time with him? you guys have to have a partnership. secretary of defense, chairman of the joint chiefs of staffs, whether you like each other or are not, are you confident you can have a good relationship with him? >> i have spent time with senator hagel, including when he was teaching over at georgetown, on strategic issues. and in helping prepare him for this confirmation hearings, we had several opportunities to talk about strategy. and i found him well prepared and very thoughtful about it. >> were his answers to you better than the answers you saw there? >> i'm not going to grade his homework. but in my conversations, he was well prepared, articulate, concise. >> and you're confident he can do the job? >> i'm not going to speak about confidence. he could be my boss. when is the last time you saw a subordinate discuss the confidence in his boss? my personal contacts with him have been very positive. if he's confirmed, i look forward to working with him. >> senator lindsey graham s
of these agenda items. first of all, chuck hagel's nomination, it is being held up, the expectation, he will ultimately be confirmed. but bill cullen, former defense secretary, this week said something to politico that caught my attention that underlines the problem hagel has, that will put him in a a difficult position once he gets there. those resentments will weigh around. i think it's tragic what is happening and i think it's shameful. if he is confirmed, is he a weaker defense secretary and is that something that weighs on the president's mind? >> no, he is not going to be a weaker defense secretary. he will be a great defense secretary. he is a leading republican senator. he has always done the hard stuff and made it look easy frankly. >> mccain will be coming up in a couple of minutes saying frankly republicans don't like him. i had an opportunity to talk to senator mccain about this. several other republicans are uncomfortable how this has played out and why i think senator mccain and others say they intend to vote to end this filibuster as soon as they get back from the recess.
on this program, the man leading the charge against hagel. former presented and -- former friend and colleague, senator john mccain try to get straight talk on what is ahead for hagel. plus our round table looks at what is at stake in the hagel fight and the obama agenda as the president squares off against an eternally divided gop. we will hear from the following. it's all coming up next. i know what you're thinking... transit fares! as in the 37 billion transit fares we help collect each year. no? oh, right. you're thinking of the 1.6 million daily customer care interactions xerox handles. or the 900 million health insurance claims we process. so, it's no surprise to you that companies depend on today's xerox for services that simplify how work gets done. which is...pretty much what we've always stood for. with xerox, you're ready for real business. which is...pretty much what we've always stood for. >>> pog issued an emotional plea during his states of the union this week, for congress to act on new gun control ( lin slaying. >> gabby give zpooersd was a vote. the families of newton down de
to find what caused that fire. >>> this is historic. senate republican blocked chuck hagel to be secretary of defense. it's a move that plays politics with the pentagon, a move to stop debate and failed confirmation 58-40. it is the first time a defense secretary nominee has needed to clear 60 votes. the move is likely to further strain partisan tensions less than a month into president obama's second term. >> my expectation and hope is that chuck hagel, who richly deserves to get a vote on the floor of the senate will be confirmed as our defense secretary. it's just unfortunate that this kind of politics intrudes at a time when i'm still presiding over a war in afghanistan. >> there are still questions outstanding. i believe that senators have the right to have those questions answered. >> some senators say they want to examine information regarding u.s. consulate attack in benghazi. some say after next week's recess, though, hagel will be ultimately confirmed. >>> during a live streaming google hangout chat thursday president obama defended his administration's use of drones in the war o
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display this week when the president's pick to head the pentagon, former republican senator chuck hagel, came under fire from members of his own party during a very contentious confirmation hearing. >> name one person in your opinion who's intim nated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> are we right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. >> senator hagel, please answer the question i asked. today, do you think unilateral sanctions would be a bad idea? >> all this raising questions about how effective chuck hagel will be if confirmed as secretary of defense. earlier this weekend, i sat down for a rare joint interview with the top military leadership issue the outgoing secretary of defense leon panetta and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff general martin dempsey. >>> secretary panetta, welcome back to "meet the press." general dempsey, welcome. let me start with the man that is poised to take your place. he underwent on thursday a pretty tough round of questioning. he seemed to struggle with a lot of the answers. of course this is chuck hagel, the for
, chuck hagel, but chuck hagel is a step closer tonight, brian. he got through a key committee and there might be a full vote on his confirmation by as early as thursday. >> chuck todd, we'll see more of you later tonight. thanks. >>> and let's bring in the rest of our team. we're joined by three former nbc news white house correspondents here in the studio, david gregory, andrea mitchell and savannah guthrie. not an attempt to make anybody feel old. david, we will start with you. what are you looking for tonight? >> this is ultimately about the economy. economic restoration is really what the president those focus on in a second term. he has got an opportunity here on guns. you will see a big show of that tonight. on immigration, he can work with republicans but there is bedrock opposition. i spent time with the house speaker today. these two sides are so far apart on taxes and spending. they don't see a way really to get together. i think it's going to be tough speech from that point of view and i think republicans are only gonna dig in. >> savannah, atmospherics going into t
. >> straight ahead four two police gunned down while investigating a sex assault case. chuck hagel will be sworn in this morning as our next defense secretary and we have some stocks to watch. plus why the protests at a good inquiry tire plant happening? >>> welcome back to "early today." here's some stories making news this morning. >>> a bus carrying a university of maine basketball team skids off an embankment north of boston. the driver was seriously injured. the team coach was treated for cuts on his face and more than 20 others have minor injuries. >>> in illinois former state lawmaker robin kelly is the democratic nominee in a race to replace jesse jackson jr. kelly's campaign was helped by $2.5 million in ads about gun control from new york's mike bloomberg. pretty action committee. >>> chuck hagel, the new defense secretary, will be sworn in at the pentagon, the former republican senator was confirmed by a vote of 58-41. after weeks of delay by senators. >>> hundreds held a vigil in new york city last night on the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of 17-year-old t
hagel. an explosion in mex stow city at a major oil company leaves more than a dozen dead. world tonight is next. you're on timeout leo! some things won't last 25 years. ah! woof! some things will. some things won't last 25 years. ah! woof! some things will. >>> it was a grilling on capitol hill today. pointed questions for president obama's phenomenon knee for secretary of defense. and many of those questions came from the nominee's own party. >> janelle wang is here with our world tonight. janelle. >> former february nebraska senator chuck hagel hammered today at his senate confirmation hearing. one of the most heated exchanges came from his former friends senator john mccain who grilled hagel on his opposition to the 2007 surge of u.s. forces into iraq. >> deserves your judgment as to whether you were right or wrong about the surge. >> i'll explain why i made those comments. >> i want to know if you were right or wrong. that's a direct question. i expect a direct answer. >> hagel said it wasn't a yes or no answer but senator mccain didn't give him a chance to explain. hagel spent a lo
over the nomination of chuck hagel for defense secretary. it has now been delayed for another week, that vote. $8.5 billion of automatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect in two weeks' time if no agreement is reached. we have it all covered this morning and we want to start with a view from the white house. in washington, the job of white house chief of staff is known as the most powerful post in town and there is a new man occupying that seat of power and he is here with us this morning on "meet the press," his first appearance. but who he? how did he get here? denis mcdonough is one of 11 kids and qualification enough in a small town in minnesota. he was a high school football star. he cut his teeth in politics and working in the house for congressman lee hamilton and in the senate for majority leader tom daschle and later for barack obama. when he decided to make a run for the white house in 2008 he tapped mcdonough to be his foreign policy adviser to the campaign. the president announced him as his pick, mcdonough involved in every major foreign policy decision, including
senator chuck hagel's nomination as secretary of defense will be put to a vote some time next week. this after hagel was met with sharp questions from both sides of the aisle during his confirmation hearing on thursday. nbc's kelly o'donnell is live on capitol hill. kelly, good morning. >> good morning, matt. the white house is not sounding alarm bells but officials do say this was not a perfect performance from chuck hagel who served in the senate for 12 years, a republican from nebraska, and you would think that would make him very familiar with confirmation hearings, but it didn't turn out that way. respected for his decorated combat service in vietnam, but repeatedly pressed about his views on today's hot spots, even democrats took issue when chuck hagel referred to iran as a legitimate government. >> i do not see iran or the iran nan government as a legitimate government and i would like your thoughts on that. >> what i meant to say, should have said, it's recognizable. it's been recognized, is recognized at the un. >> reporter: both parties wanted reassurance on israel. >> i'
as senate republicans block a vote to confirm nominee chuck hagel. nbc's chief white house correspondent chuck todd has the very latest. >> reporter: good morning. president obama is and thi stan chuck hagel. as the former senate nominees put up the road block not only to kill the nomination, but also delay it. the yays are 58, nays are 40. one senator announced present. >> reporter: with that senate vote, chuck hagel came short of a 60-vote, and stalling his confirmation vote by two weeks. president obama was emphatic in his defense of the em battled nominee. >> chuck hagel who richly it was to get a vote on the floor of the senate will be confirmed as our defense secretary. it's unfortunate that this kind of politics intrudes at a time when i'm still presiding over a war in afghanistan. >> reporter: some republicans want more time because they say hagel hasn't provided enough information on speeches he gave in the last five years. others want more information from the president about benghazi. ultimately, hagel's issues with the former gop colleagues are personal. >> there's a lot of i
bickering, chuck hagel takes his oath of office today. the senate decided to confirm hagel after the gop shut down its filibuster. >>> some 100,000 homes and businesses are without power across the nation's mid section this morning after a winter storm battered residents from texas to kansas for a second time in less than a week. roofs collapsed across the region, under heavy snow killing one person in oklahoma. traffic accidents caused by icy road conditions killed two people in kansas and meantime in a texas panhandle, schools and major highways are closed yet again today. today we'll have much more with al on the forecast in just a moment. new images this morning of the deadly hot air balloon crash that killed 19 tourists on the sight-seeing tour in the ancient egyptian city of luxor. after catching fire it plunged 1,000 feet. all of the country's hot air balloonses grounded. >>> as the crisis in syria escalates the obama administration is considering whether or not to provide assistance to the forces. the direct aid could include military equipment, vehicles and training. >>> and a n
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